Creative Writing Classes & Seminars
Looking for a place to express your inner writer? In each of our three yearly sessions (winter/spring, summer, and fall), we offer creative writing classes on weekday evenings, weekday mornings, and the daytime on weekends. Classes range from those geared for novice writers or those with some writing experience who are looking for a structured environment in which to bloom to those geared for intermediate, advanced, or professional writers.
We offer classes for adults as well as pre-teen and teen writers. Genres and topics offered include a variety of creative writing classes in poetry, fiction, flash fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, storytelling, comic books and graphic novels, songwriting, food writing, science fiction, fantasy, children’s book writing, journaling, and multi-genre writing, as well as seminars in writers craft, research, and professional development.
Class size is usually capped at 8 or 9 students—classes with different maximum sizes are indicated in the class listing. We teach short seminars that meet once all the way to longer workshops that meet up to eight times.
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Scrivener is a streamlined and user friendly word processor that offers more to the writer than Microsoft Word or Mac Pages ever could. It’s designed for writing projects. But you know that, already. You’ve started your project; you’ve written your story. You know how to create and organize your binder and maybe even have some experience with compiling. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In this seminar, participants will learn the deeper mechanisms, offering a whole new level…
October 16 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
Are you ready to launch your writing career? You’ll need an online presence where readers can find you. In this class, we’ll work through the step-by-step process of setting up the typical three-page author website. Plus, we will explore how to start a blog and examine ways to keep a blog fresh and successful. Students should plan to bring a laptop to class to complete in-class exercises.
Saturdays, October 23 - November 6 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Most writers dream of publishing a book with a hard cover, amazing cover art, and their photo on the dust jacket. But how do we get there? In this seminar, we will discuss various paths to publishing–the successes, the failures, and even more of the failures. We will learn strategies for presenting our stories to magazines, agents, and publishers, from choosing the best agency for your work to developing an attention grabbing query letter. We will also discuss specific markets…
November 7 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
You are ready to start querying your manuscript to agents. That’s so exciting! But what exactly is a query? What do you include in it? How do you even figure out who to query? If you make a mistake, will you be on some publishing blacklist forever? (The answer to that last one is absolutely not). There’s a lot of information online and it can be confusing. This seminar with Caitie Flum will teach you all of the querying basics…
November 14 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
You’ve written a great book, but the query letter/literary agent/publisher game isn’t your cup of tea. Have you considered self-publishing? With print-on-demand, it's easier than ever to get your book into print—and e-books are even easier! From platform choice to formatting and cover design, this workshop will answer your questions and walk you through the process of getting your manuscript ready to market in both print and e-book formats.
November 20 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
Everyone has a personal brand these days: authors, writers, comedians, storytellers of all kind have some kind of brand and/or persona. My seminar will help attendants learn what a brand is, how to identify theirs, and ways to use it to promote their work or storytelling.
November 21 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
You’ve crafted your writing; now it’s time to get it published! This two-session seminar will guide you through the world of submitting to literary journals and magazines from start to finish. First, we'll discuss our individual publishing challenges, review our work in an optional short workshop, and then start pulling together a submission while we learn about file organization, proper formatting, crafting a cover letter, finding markets that fit our work, and how to utilize social media. Then after we've…
Sundays, December 5 - December 12 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
Accessibility for Those with Disabilities
The Muse Writers Center strives to be a fully accessible facility. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns or would like to request an accommodation.